Sixty years of collective dedication to the safety of others on Central Coast’s waterways was recognised this week with six Marine Rescue volunteers receiving medals and clasps for their selfless community service.
On Saturday Peter Ashworth and Kevin Sullivan received 10-year clasps to their National Medals, signifying 25 years of service, at a presentation at Marine Rescue’s Point Clare radio base.
Under Australia’s honours system the National Medal is awarded by the Governor-general to members of the community who have rendered at least 15 years’ service to organisations where the service can be life threatening such as the Defence Forces, Rural Fire Service, SES and Marine Rescue NSW.
Mr Ashworth, 84, of Avoca Beach, joined the then Coastal Patrol — now Marine Rescue — in 1991.
A qualified marine rescue skipper and radio operator, Mr Ashworth was also a marine engineer by trade, which saw him assist with the maintenance of the Point Clare unit’s rescue vessels.
Prior to joining Marine Rescue, Mr Sullivan, 68, of Green Point, served in the Australian Defence Force 8th RAR.
He also spent more than 14 years with the Army Reserve 7th Field Regiment.
Presenting the clasps on behalf of the Governor-general, Marine Rescue NSW chairman James Glissan said the recognition was “richly deserved”.
On Monday Adrian Greenfield and Ian Mudge were awarded their National Medal for 15 years’ service at a presentation at Norah Head.
Mr Greenfield was previously with Coast Guard Tuggerah Lakes before transferring to Search and Rescue Norah Head before it merged into Marine Rescue.
In addition to his 15 years with Marine Rescue,Mr Mudge has also spent 30 years with Crash Rescue and Recovery for the Australian Racing Driver’s Club at circuits such as Bathurst, Katoomba, Amaroo and Oran Park.
Trevor Burkett and Vic Winney received five-years service medals which were presented by Dobell federal Labor MP Emma McBride.
Robert Daley received a certificate of appreciation on his last shift.
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